ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) – An attorney assisting the Central American undocumented immigrants being held in Artesia is comparing the facility to the Guantanamo Bay prison which houses terrorists.
The El Paso Times reports attorney Pamela Muñoz says the immigrants are being deported out of the U.S. without due process as if they pose threats to national security.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a statement saying that the family residential centers are an effective and humane alternative to keep families together as they await the outcome of immigration hearings saying everyone has access to legal counsel.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people lined the streets in Artesia on Sunday calling for the release of detained immigrant women and children.
The Santa Fe-based Somos un Pueblo Unido and a coalition of catholic churches held the rally outside the facility where the Central American women and children are being held.
Currently, more than 600 women and children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are detained at the facility.